We have seen a lot of data falling into the wrong hands as of late, and one of the big issues as I see it is that much of the data is being carted around unencrypted.
Now some politicians have gotten the same clue, and a new ID theft bill may try to set stricter standards for data brokers’ encryption processes. As it seems there are no standards at all right now, I guess anything is an improvement on stuffing data in a brown paper sack.
Of course, data brokers are going to scream bloody murder, stating it is difficult enough to recover data from backup tapes without encryption. I say, build a better backup system.